Welcome to Term 3!
I hope you’ve had a lovely holiday and enjoyed some time off with your tamariki!
Just as they have previously this year, your child will bring a book home from Monday -Thursday. If they don’t have their book bag they will not be able to bring their books home. Friday is our timetabled library day. The children are able to take out two books at a time. On a Friday the children will also bring home their Poetry book to read to you.
Please ensure children arrive at school in plenty of time to settle in before the bell goes at 9.00am. The children have five jobs they need to do before the bell rings; put their safety vest in their bag, put their bag on a hook on the deck, get out their read and feed snack, put away their reading book and their book bag into the box.
Please ensure that all items sent to school with your child are clearly named, including lunch boxes, food containers and drink bottles. Alternatively, if your child is missing an item please first check the lost property basket in the office. This is then cleared weekly into the big lost property in the library.
Our whole school production is at the end of Term 3! Community 6 and 7 are performing their scene together. We have been learning some elements of Dance and Drama such as space, synchronicity, levels and moving to the rhythm of the music. We will send home details regarding costumes closer to the time, but still well in advance.
As always, I have an open door policy so feel free to pop in before or after school and talk to me. If I am unable to talk to you then, I will be sure to make a time with you.
Com 6 Classroom Teacher
Things you can be doing at home to help your children:
- Reading school reading books every night, these books are designed to be read at least three times, this allows your child to over-learn the necessary words in the book to move forward with their reading. These are read twice at school; once in a guided group with the teacher and once directly after, with a buddy. This means the third time should be with you.
- Memory games with sight word cards. You can make sight word cards from cut up cereal boxes and add on words you child is struggling with in their book/s. If you would like a list of some words for their reading level, I am more than happy to send one home.
- Playing I-Spy. This helps your child with their letter/sound associations. Letter/sound associations are vital for your child’s writing.
- Writing about family trips and events, doing science experiments and writing about them.
- Skip counting objects around the house and when on outings. Practising in 2s, 5s and 10s.
- Make their learning meaningful, using real-life experiences for counting and addition. For example, “If I have 5 peanuts and you have 8 peanuts, how many do we have altogether?”
- Read the time with them beginning with o’clock and half past, have conversations about what they do at certain times, for example, bedtime, eating times, bath/shower times.
- Speak using positional language, such as, under, over, through, on, in, in front, behind.